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Last week, Laurie Lamb, the statewide director of alternative education for the state of Arkansas and the president of the National Alternative Education Association, toured the school. Also touring was Denise Riley, Unionâ€™sÂ former OTAC Field Coordinator, who is now on the board of the NAEA.Â
â€œThey were here to learn about all aspects of our school,â€� Principal Richard Storm said, and they stopped several times to visit with students and teachers as he showed them around.
With public education facing an uncertain future, and in particular, specialty programs like alternative education, Storm said, â€œI think now is a crucial time for us to do all that we can to make people aware of the success that we are having at Union Alternative School."
Lamb lauded the staff at Union Alternative and hoped to feature the school on their national website as a successful model for other schools.
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“The building is expected to be an optimal site for the Enrollment Center since it is centrally located, has adequate parking, and is easily accessible to the public,” said Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden.
The agreement allowed Union to purchase the property below market value and for Arvest to maintain an ATM at the site as well as receive advertising benefits through its association with the district. An example of that partnership is reflected in Arvest’s new debit Visa Card which sports a Union logo and the phrase, “Go Redskins!”
Announcements will be made about when the Enrollment Center will move, once modifications to the building are complete.